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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Featured Indie Book: Inside - Outside (Jenny Hayworth)

Inside / Outside (Jenny Hayworth)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Memoir (Parenting / Family Relationships) Inside/Outside: One Woman's Recovery from Abuse and a Religious Cult by Jenny Hayworth.

"[Jenny Hayworth's] story is definitely an eye opener for those who have similar troubles but are afraid to share." - Reader review

The Book has been self-published via Amazon CreateSpace and is available as eBook and Paperback - 344 pages - released in January 2014.

About the Book

Jenny Hayworth grew up experiencing harrowing abuse not only from her paternal grandfather but a stranger and then an elder in the congregation (church) her family associated with. The church abuse went on for six years. Jenny told no one due to fear of God and feeling like she was a participant and not a victim even though she was only 11 years old when the abuse started and the perpetrator was in his 60's.

It was not until her eldest two children were abused by a member of the church and she confronted her own sexual abuse revealing this to two elders that she was shocked to discover that if there had not been two adult witnesses to her childhood abuse then she could not be believed and she was counselled to be quiet otherwise she could be disfellowshipped (excommunicated) for gossip and slander.

She commenced a journey of healing for herself and her children that involved leaving the congregation she had grown up in, being shunned by all family and friends for doing so and having to remake her life and identity without her childhood faith or any support.

It was a six year period of healing that is inspirational to read and although it led to her losing all she had ever known she gained more than she could have imagined.

Inside / Outside (Jenny Hayworth)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "What keeps the pages of Hayworth’s life story turning is her honesty, tenacity, and sheer will to survive through an astounding number of setbacks. Inside/Outside proves the resilience of the human spirit and shows that the cycle of abuse can indeed be broken." - Foreword Clarion Review

- "A harrowing memoir of one woman’s struggle to cope with sexual abuse and depression while living in—and eventually leaving—the Jehovah’s Witnesses." - Kirkus Review

- "[...] As Jenny rebuilds her life after being completely shunned by her family, friends and community her story shows that it is possible to survive and prosper and to break the cycle of abuse. Even when it seems overwhelming.
I found this book to be a compelling read and I commend Jenny on her honesty and bravery in sharing her story to help others. I highly recommend it."
- Alison Videtto

- "Hayworth's story should help anyone who has suffered abuse or been "shunned" by their family. It should help those who are trying to extricate themselves from a cult or fundamentalist religion. And, in fact, even if you have never suffered abuse, been rejected by your family, or been trapped in a cult, this book will likely inspire you and leave you feeling uplifted.
This is a terrific book. "
- Bluegum (Amazon)

- "Jenny's memoir should be read by everyone. It details the atrocities she experienced through others as well as the subsequent self harm.[...] An inspiring worth-while read." - Victoria Mae

About the Author

Author Jenny Hayworth
Author Jenny Hayworth
Jenny Hayworth was born in England, emigrating in 1968 with her parents to Australia when she was only 2 years old, and then moving to New Zealand at the age of 9 years. She returned to Australia in 1997 and has lived there ever since.

Her first book, a memoir, Inside/Outside was published in January 2014 by Createspace. She lives with her husband, who is also a writer, in a blended family with 3 of their teenage sons still living at home and 3 adult children living away from home, now making their own way in the world. She also shares her space with 2 dogs, 2 cats and 4 chooks, and proudly shows off her permaculture food forest and perennial garden she has created in her backyard.

Jenny completed her Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology in 2010, and currently works with prisoners. She was in the cult-like religion known as Jehovah's Witnesses for over 30 years, after her parent's joined when she was only 5 years old. After she left, she was announced as "disassociated" and was treated as if dead by her mother and all her friends who remained in the faith. She is well equipped to offer support and share her story with others who have experienced shunning and estrangement from their families due to religious fundamentalism. She is an advocate for those who have experienced child abuse and are trying to recover as adults, and also has a passionate interest in advocating and supporting refugees.

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Inside / Outside (Jenny Hayworth)